We are pleased to offer this famous "Red Bandora" brooch from the Hobé's Asian-themed 1947-1948 "Ming" series. The finely carved plastic figure is meant to look like Chinese bandora wood. The settings is sterling with a gold vermeil.
There is serene expression is on the man's face, who is Okina from the Noh plays performed in kabuki theater. He is surrounded by an intricately carved heart shape. Four open backed aqua blue rhinestones adorn the design. At the bottom of the heart is a double bow with a purple rhinestone and a dangling sterling flower.
Measurements: The brooch is about 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) tall (including the dangle) by 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) wide with a safety C clasp.
Condition: The brooch is in very good condition. The rhinestones are good; there are some spots where the gold vermeil has worn through to the sterling beneath; the sterling has a vintage patina; the face is in great shape. It is a bit loose, although it is securely attached/soldered to the back support. Please review all photographs carefully, as they form an important part of the description.
Marks: The pin is marked "HOBÉ, 1/20th 14K ON STERLING", "DESIGN PATENT" on a cartouche at the upper right side of the brooch. A patent was filed May 25, 1948; patent #149,752, with Sylvia Hobé listed as the inventor.
Bandora figurine brooches are featured in Roberto Brunialti's book, "American Costume Jewelry". The relatively rare Hobé Bandora brooches (there were about 20 different designs) are among the most collectible Hobé series. Current prices exceed $1000 for some designs.
Item ID: HOBE33
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